18U – The Little Flyers 18U team swept the New Jersey Colonials in a two game weekend series. In game one on Saturday, Jack Costible opened the scoring for the Little Flyers 4:01 into the first period, Costible’s go ahead goal was assisted by Jake Moleski and Koby Howat. The Little Flyers held a 1-0 lead heading into the second period where the offense began to heat up. TJ Avellino’s power play goal extended the lead to 2-0 with Howat and Moleski collecting their second assists of the game. The Colonials responded with a Power Play goal of their own to cut the Little Flyers lead to one but that would be all for the Colonials offense in the game. Izy Seaman regained the two goal lead with help from Rasmus Berrebbah and Cole Soster. To close the scoring in the second period, Costible recorded his second goal of the game getting helpers from Braedon Dougherty and Patrick O’Connell. O’Connell continued the offensive outburst in the third period with a goal just forty seven seconds into the final frame, David Matousek and Chris Blango registered assists on the goal. Less than a minute later, Matousek lit the lamp with O’Connell and Booth providing the assists. TJ Avellino collected his second goal of the game forty seconds later to put the game out of reach, just like the opening goal of the game, Jake Moleski and Koby Howat assisted on the Avellino goal. Harrison Dumas capped the scoring in the game with an even strength goal at the 4:21 mark of the third period, Patrick O’Connell notched his fourth point of the game with the primary assist on the Duma goal, Brendan McGroary was credited with the secondary assist on the goal. Harris Brotman made 34 saves in the 8-1 Little Flyers victory to get the win in goal.
The Little Flyers offense kept rolling on Sunday, lighting the lamp ten times. Conor Booth gave the Little Flyers the lead just forty seven seconds into the game on a feed from Chris Blango. Koby Howat doubled the Little Flyers lead later in the first with an even strength goal, Cole Soster and Rasmus Berrebbah assisted on Howat’s goal. With a 2-0 lead in the second period, Harrison Dumas and Conor Booth set up Patrick O’Connell to extend the lead to three. David Matousek notched a second period power play goal at the 7:05 mark, Chris Blango and Harrison Dumas both collected their second assists of the game on the Matousek goal. Less than a minute later, Matousek returned the favor to Dumas, setting him up for his first goal of the game, Patrick O’Connell picked up the secondary assist. The Colonials were able to get on the scoreboard with a power play goal with seven minutes remaining in the period, but the Little Flyers offense remained aggressive, scoring three more times in the second period. Koby Howat and David Matousek registered their second goals of the game two minutes apart. Howat’s second even strength goal of the game came courtesy of Trent Gehringer and goaltender Liam Gross. Jake Moleski’s unassisted goal ten seconds after Matousek’s goal put the game out of reach as the Little Flyers held a 8-1 lead heading into the 3rd period. Izy Seaman and Harrison Dumas each registered goals in the third with Jack Costible assisting on both goals and Patrick O’Connell notching his 4th point of the game. Liam Gross picked up the win in goal for the Little Flyers, stopping 19 of 20 shots and getting in the box score offensively, picking up his first career assist with the Little Flyers.
16U National – Matt Lynch turned in a great performance in goal for the Little Flyers Saturday as he shut down the Connecticut Chiefs offense, making 34 saves to lead the Little Flyers to a 2-0 shut out victory on the road. After a scoreless first period, Daniel Whittock put the Little Flyers on the scoreboard, 5:20 into the second period. Whittock’s goal, the eventual game winner was assisted by Thomas Sullivan and Sean Pomerantz. Whittock’s second period goal would be the only scoring until the last minute of play when Andrew Henry set up Ryan Karbach for an empty netter to seal the 2-0 victory.
Just like Lynch on Saturday, Matt Manzi was huge in net all day on Sunday for the Little Flyers as the team was on the road for a game against the Mercer Chiefs. T.J. Caputo’s first period unassisted goal put the Little Flyers up 1-0 5:39 into the game. Just over two minutes later, Timothy Whittock increased the Little Flyers lead to 2-0 with assists coming from Luke Riley and T.J. Caputo. The two teams battled through a scoreless second period with the Little Flyers taking the 2-0 lead into the third. Sean Pomerantz and Wesley Sweitzer connected on an even strength goal at the 6:06 mark of the final period of play. The team effort on the weekend was undeniable as the Little Flyers held opponents scoreless for 101 minutes and 47 seconds until the Mercer Chiefs scored a goal with thirteen seconds left in the game for a final score of 3-1 Little Flyers. Matt Manzi finished the game with 30 saves in the win.
16U American – Sunday, the Little Flyers 16 American team hosted the North Jersey Avalanche on home ice. The game remained scoreless after the first period of play, but the Avalanche offense came to life in the second period, taking a 3-0 lead heading into the final 17 minutes of play. AJ Golden held the Little Flyers in the game most of the day, making 26 saves but it wasn’t enough as the offense couldn’t find the back of the Avalanche as the Little Flyers fell by a final score of 6-0.
2006 Bantam – After a 9-0 loss in AYHL play on Saturday, the Little Flyers 2006 team bounced back with a 6-2 win in an exhibition game against the Red Bank Generals.
2007 PeeWee – The 2007 Little Flyers traveled to Brewster New York for the Brewster Ice Arena Winter Classic, three of the teams five games were played on outdoor rinks.
Game one was an exciting back and forth matchup between the Little Flyers and Westchester Express. Alec James led the offense, scoring two goals including the game tying goal late in the third period to send the game to a sudden death shootout, Jerry DiStefano assisted on both of James goals. Thaddeus Raynish scored a second period unassisted goal that tied the game at 2-2. In the sudden death shootout, Raynish scored on his shootout attempt with Westchester capitalizing on their attempt as well. In round two of the shootout, Raynish beat the Express goaltender but rang the puck off the post. The Express took the game in the shootout, Davis Fairbanks was clutch in net for the Little Flyers all game long, making big saves down the stretch in a tied game.
Game two was a tough one for the Little Flyers, after tying the game at 1-1 mid way through the first period, the NJ Freeze offense took over from there, netting five straight goals to take the game by a final score of 6-1.
In Game three, Alec James dished out a season high five assists in a 6-5 Little Flyers victory over the Hartford Wolfpack. Davis Fairbanks got the win in net for the Little Flyers. After falling behind 1-0 early in the game Jason Beaman, came back to tie the game for the Little Flyers, Beaman’s goal was assisted by Blake D’Italia and Xavier Thomas. Off the ensuing face-off, Alec James set up Bradyn Holmes to give the Little Flyers a 2-1 lead. The two teams ended the first period tied at 2-2. Blake D’Italia regained the lead for the Little Flyers early in the second period, courtesy of Alec James and Jerry DiStefano. The Wolfpack scored back to back goals in the second to take their second lead of the day, but it was short lived as Thaddeus Raynish tied the game at 4-4 with under a minute left to play in the period. Hartford took the lead midway through the final period but Bradyn Holmes and Thaddeus Raynish scored just over a minute and a half apart to put the Little Flyers up 6-5. Raynish’s game winner was assisted by Alec James and Marco Mazzarelli. Davis Fairbanks collected the win in goal.
Game four saw the Little Flyers come back from a 2-0 deficit in the second period to beat the Nassau County Lions 5-4. Jason Beaman found the back of the net twice in the game, Beaman’s first goal of the game tied the game at 2-2 midway through the second period. After the Lions took the lead back, Sean Albert’s unassisted even strength goal deadlocked the teams once again. Alec James gave the Little Flyers their first lead of the day in the closing minutes of the second period, taking a pass from his brother Connor on the go ahead goal. The Lions once again tied the game at the 8:55 mark of the third period but Jason Beaman’s second goal of the day sealed the victory for the Little Flyers, Bradyn Holmes collected the only assist on Beaman’s game winner. Jacob Aranda picked up the win in net for the Little Flyers.
2010 Squirt - In a three game road weekend, the Little Flyers played a double header on Saturday against the CT Jr. Whalers. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Sean Devine put the Little Flyers on the board to cut the Whalers lead in half. The two teams played a scoreless second period to keep the 2-1 in favor of the Whalers going into the third. Under a minute into the third period, the Whalers extended their lead to two once again; Nicholas Marra pulled the Little Flyers to within one with an even strength goal that was set up by Chase Bell. The Little Flyers offense got a lot of good scoring chances in the third period, finishing the game with 38 shots on goal but could not find the game tying goal. A Whalers power play goal late in the game sealed the 5-2 win for the home team. Noah Russo made 23 saves for the Little Flyers in the game.
In game two, Russo was unbeatable, shutting out the Whalers to collect the road victory for the Little Flyers. Luke Hartman led the way offensively, scoring a natural hat trick. Hartman’s first of the game was an unassisted goal midway through the first period. Two minutes later, Chase Bell set up Hartman for his second of the day. Midway through the second period, Bell found Hartman once again to complete the natural hat trick, Shane Horkan collected the secondary assist on the goal. Nicholas Marra extended the Little Flyers lead to 4-0 with an unassisted even strength goal. Russo and the defense took care of the rest, not allowing the Whalers to get on the scoreboard and taking home a 4-0 shutout win.
Sunday, the Little Flyers traveled to Long Island for a game against the Royals. The home team Royals, found the back of the net twice in the first period to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Long Island added another goal in the second period to extend the lead to 3-0. Lucas Solimini answered back on the next shift for the Little Flyers to cut the lead to 3-1, Shane Horkan dished out the only assist on the Solimini goal. That was as close as the Little Flyers would get as Long Island added an insurance goal in the third to take the game by a final score of 4-1. Noah Russo made 15 saves for the Little Flyers in the game.
Aston, PA — The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) and North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are proud to announce 18U forward Byron Hartley has signed a tender with the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League. Hartley, a 2002 birth year forward from Philadelphia, Pa currently sits tied for second in the AYHL leaderboard in points at the 18U level. In ten AYHL games this season the 5’10” forward has scored 10 goals while dishing out 14 assists to lead the Little Flyers offensively to a 7-0-2 record in league play. Hartley currently sits tied for second in the AYHL in points (24), The first year Little Flyer has carried his on ice play to NAPHL events as well. Hartley currently leads all NAPHL players in Goals (17), Points (30) and Game Winning Goals (3).
“This is a true honor and dream come true, I always hoped that this day would come and it has. I just want to say thank you to my family, friends and the entire Little Flyers Organization and coaching staff for helping me get to this point. I know that the real work starts now, and I’m really excited for this opportunity. I’d also like to thank Coach Russo and Coach Lewis from the Amarillo Bulls for giving me the chance to compete and play in the North American Hockey League as a Bull” said Hartley earlier this week upon making the Tender official.
Hartley’s Head Coach Dave Dorman had nothing but great things to say about his star forward’s progress and work ethic that began in the offseason “Byron attended the Amarillo Bulls Main camp, where I was fortunate to be involved this past summer, and there was some interest but nothing serious. It was his play at camp that peaked their interest that put him on their radar. Amarillo and I have been in contact all season and Byron really got off to a great start after a very productive spring and summer of development. It started in late August and early September where he really received some great exposure to the college ranks as well. We were able to get the guys tours with the hockey staff of Merrimack, Boston University, and Harvard through some connections and old relationships. I really believe this is where the light bulb went off and Byron started taking himself and his future much more seriously. He started to see that doing the right things and putting your trust in the right people will lead to good things happening. Byron has literally grown leaps and bounds since the spring and has done everything that has been asked of him. This tender with one of the top Junior programs in the country is only a testament to his work, commitment, and the faith that he has put in our program. I also believe it is only the beginning of great things to come for Byron” said Little Flyers 18U Head Coach Dave Dorman.
The ties between the Little Flyers and Amarillo Bulls organizations run deep as the two organizations have worked closely together in the past to move Little Flyers players to the next level and beyond. Amarillo Bulls Head Coach Rocky Russo, rejuvenated the Little Flyers Junior program as the head coach from 2013-2017, leading the program to a 137-26-9 record while collecting three regular season championships and two EHL finals appearances and putting more than 35 players into NCAA colleges. After Russo returned to Amarillo as the Head Coach, his Little Flyers assistant coach George Lewis took over the head position with the Little Flyers, putting up a 39-9-2 record in his one year as the head coach and a trip to the EHL Frozen Finals. After his one year as the Little Flyers Head Coach, Lewis joined Russo in Amarillo as the Assistant Coach last year. Under the guidance of Russo and Lewis in Amarillo, two Little Flyers Alumni, Alex Peterson and Brett Abdelnour who also played for the duo in Philadelphia made NCAA Division I commitments last season.
On behalf of the entire Little Flyers Organization we congratulate Byron and his family on his signing with the Amarillo Bulls and look forward to Byron to continue to represent the Little Flyers organization.
Aston, PA -- Little Flyers Weekend Wrap Up 10/26 & 10/27
18U – The 18U Little Flyers went an impressive 4-0 at the Winter Beantown Classic. In the opening game against the Junior Bruins, Byron Hartley led the Little Flyers to a 7-2 win, scoring four goals in the game. After trailing 1-0 in the first period, Koby Howat and Conor Booth set up Patrick O’Connell for the game tying goal. Twenty four seconds later, Hartley gave the Little Flyers a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. Howat’s first goal was assisted by O’Connell and Howat. A minute later, Braedon Dougherty’s power play goal gave the Little Flyers a 3-1 lead. Hartley struck again in the second period with an unassisted goal. The Junior Bruins scored their second goal of the game in the period but trailed 4-2 heading into the third. Hartley added two insurance goals late in the third period, the first was unassisted, Jack Costible set up Hartley for his 4th goal of the game at the 2:03 mark. Costible added an insurance goal at the end of the game that was assisted by Harrison Dumas to give the Little Flyers a 7-2 victory. Harris Brotman picked up the win in net for the Little Flyers.
Im Game two the Little Flyers defeated Twin City Lightning by a final score of 3-1. Liam Gross was solid in net all game long, only allowing one goal to the Lightning.
In their second game of the day the Little Flyers faced off against Mount Academy. Mount jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first period. TJ Avellino evened the scoreboard with a power play midway through the first period. Avellino’s goal was set up by Jack Costible and Chris Blango. With less than thirty seconds left in the first period, Byron Hartley continued his scoring ways to give the Little Flyers a 2-1 lead. Patrick O’Connell extended the lead to 3-1 with an even strength goal courtesy of Byron Hartley and Koby Howat. Less than thirty seconds after the O’Connell goal, Mount Academy got back into the game with an even strength goal of their own. Trent Gehringer’s unassisted even strength goal regained the Little Flyers two goal cushion in the final minutes of the second period. In the third period, David O’Connell netted his second goal of the game at the 14:36 mark, O’Connell’s second goal of the game came with helpers from Conor Booth and Byron Hartley. Koby Howat capped the scoring for the Little Flyers in the game, O’Connell registered his fourth point of the game with the only assist on Howat’s goal. Harris Brotman picked up his second win of the tournament in the game.
In their fourth and final game of the tournament, the Little Flyers took on Compuware 18U. Jack Costible put the Little Flyers up early in the first period on a goal assisted by Koby Howat and Patrick O’Connell. Byron Hartley doubled the Little Flyers lead several minutes later with an unassisted even strength goal. In the second period, Harrison Dumas extended the Little Flyers lead to 3-0 taking a feed from Patrick O’Connell. The Compuware offense came alive in the third period, scoring two quick goals early in the period to cut the Little Flyers lead to one. Midway through the period, Compuware found the game tying goal to knot the game at 3-3. Patick O’Connell came through in the clutch, scoring the eventual game winner at the 6:13 mark of the third period, Koby Howat picked up the assist on O’Connell’s game winner. Liam Gross collected his second win of the weekend in goal to push the Little Flyers to 4-0 in the Beantown Classic.
16U National - The 16U National team also played in the Beantown Classic this past weekend, collecting a 1-2 record in three close games. The Little Flyers leaned heavily on their defense and goaltending throughout the weekend as the team combined to only allow five goals in three games. In game one of the tournament, the Little Flyers suffered a close 2-0 loss to the Utica Jr. Comets. The offense came alive in game two, collecting a 4-1 victory against a talented Boston Bandits team. In the final game of the tournament, the Little Flyers fell by a final score of 2-1 in a back and forth game against Mount Academy.
2005 Bantam Major – Joseph Samango led the Little Flyers to an 8-3 victory over the Mercer Chiefs on Saturday. Kevin Hudak opened the scoring for the Little Flyers with a short handed goal 2:03 into the game, Brody Bess picked up the only assist on Hudak’s goal. The Chiefs answered back to tie the game at 1-1 fourteen seconds later. Luke Simsir regained the lead for the Little Flyers two minutes later as he took a pass from Joseph Samango to score the go ahead goal. Matt Kratchwell set up Evan Rauch for the Little Flyers third goal of the first period at the 8:33 mark to give his team a 3-1 lead heading into the second period. Less than a minute into the second period, Rauch struck again, notching his second goal of the game with assists going to Eric McHale and Joseph Samango. Later in the period, Rauch and McHale worked to set Samango up for his first goal of the game to take a commanding 5-1 lead. The Chiefs cut the lead back to three several minutes later on the power play. Christopher Albert opened the scoring in the third period with a Little Flyers power play goal, Nick Fiore collected the only assist on the goal. After Mercer scored a power play goal of their own, to cut the Little Flyers lead to three once again. Samango closed the game out in a big way for the Little Flyers, scoring two goals in a thirty second period to ice the game. Brody Bess and Evan Rauch picked up primary assists on Samango’s goals. Aries Carangi made 22 saves in the win for the Little Flyers in goal.
2006 Bantam Minor – Devin Schaeffer scored the Little Flyers lone goal against Virtua Hockey National team on Saturday in the teams first league play in almost a month. Callahan Schultz made 29 saves for the Little Flyers in net but the Virtua offense was too powerful as they took the game by a final score of 11-1. Against the Mercer Chiefs on Sunday, Callahan Schultz made 29 saves on 39 shots faced in the game. Alex Fusaro netted a power play goal in the first period that was assisted by Nathan DeLorme but the Little Flyers offense couldn’t muster more fire power as they eventually fell to the Chiefs.
2007 PeeWee Major – In a three game weekend, the Little Flyers played two games against the New York Saints on Saturday followed by a Sunday matchup against the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers. In game one against the saints, Xavier Thomas gave the Little Flyers a 1-0 lead early in the first period, Blake Ditalia assisted on the go ahead goal. The Saints tied the game as time winded down in the period to head to the second tied at 1-1. Ten seconds into the second, Thaddeus Raynish regained the lead for the Little Flyers with an unassisted even strength goal. Midway through the period, the Saints once again tied the game and the two teams were once again deadlocked going into the third. At the 7:45 mark, the Saints gained their first lead of the game to take a 3-2 lead. New York added a shorthanded goal several minutes later to give themselves some breathing room. With the Little Flyers pulling the goalie down the stretch in favor of an extra attacker, the Saints sealed the game with an empty net goal. Jacob Aranda kept the Little Flyers in the game all day, making 29 saves in the 5-2 loss. Playing for the second time in the day, the Saints and Little Flyers battled for two scoreless periods as neither team could find the back of the net until the third period. With less than five minutes left to play, the Saints broke the scoreless tie to take a 1-0 lead. New York added an insurance goal two minutes later to go up by two which is how the game ended, a 2-0 Little Flyers loss. Davis Fairbanks was solid in goal for the Little Flyers, making 23 saves in the game.
On Sunday, Alec James put the Little Flyers up 1-0 with a power play goal against the Jr. Flyers in the first period. James’ power play goal was assisted by Blake Ditalia at the 10:15 mark of the period. Less than a minute later, the Jr. Flyers tied the game at 1-1. Still tied at 1-1 in the second period, the Jr. Flyers gained their first lead of the game with a power play goal. Thaddeus Raynish knotted the game at 2-2, taking a pass from Bradyn Holmes and finding the back of the net to head into the third period tied. Just over a minute into the period, the Jr. Flyers regained the lead on an even strength goal. The Jr. Flyers scored again five minutes later to take a two goal lead. The Little Flyers never gave up, creating scoring chances to get back into the game but time ran out as the Jr. Flyers iced the game with an empty net goal in the final minute of play to take the game by a final score of 5-2.
2008 PeeWee Minor - In a three game weekend, the Little Flyers 2008 team first faced off against the North Jersey Avalanche National team. The Avalanche held the Little Flyers off of the scoreboard for most of the game while they gained a 5-0 lead heading into the third period. Anton Stackow’s power play goal at the 14:14 mark of the third period was the only goal scored by the Little Flyers, Jack Torr picked up the only assist on Stackow’s goal. Anthony Haag made 23 saves in net for the Little Flyers in a 6-1 loss.
In Saturday’s second game of the day, the Little Flyers the Mercer Chiefs American team. This game would be a defensive battle as both teams defense and goaltender came to play in a low scoring affair. Anton Stackow scored a shorthanded goal mid-way through the second period for the game’s first goal, Aiden Delfin assisted on the Little Flyers goal. With time winding down in the third period, the Chiefs found the equalizer at the 14:23 mark to tie the game at 1-1. This is how the game would end as neither team could break the scoreless tie in what little time remained. Page Faith made 16 saves for the Little Flyers in the game.
On Sunday, the Little Flyers battled the New Jersey Colonials National team to a 6-6 tie. Michael Gravinese got the scoring started in the game, with a Little Flyers power play goal that as assisted by Aiden Delfin. New Jersey answered back with an even strength goal two minutes later. Anton Stackow took the puck in for an unassisted goal later in the first to regain the lead for the Little Flyers. Less than a minute later, the Colonials once again tied the game, this time with a power play goal. The two teams played the first five minutes of the second period tied at 2-2 until the Colonials took their first lead of the day. Nash Grant and Adam Charrafi connected to tie the game back up as Grant found the back of the net for the Little Flyers. In the back and forth contest, the Colonials once again regained the lead at the 11:12 mark of the second. Less than a minute later, Michael Gravinese scored his second of the game to once again deadlock the game, Gravinese’s second goal of the game came courtesy of assists from Delfin and Connor Nattress. Anton Stackow put the Little Flyers ahead early in the third period with a power play goal thanks to the set up from Paxton Hoishik. Connorr Nattress gave the Little Flyers their largest lead of the game two minutes later with Aiden Delfin picking up his third assist of the game. As they did all day long, the Colonials answered back with two goals in the final six minutes of play to send the two teams home tied 6-6. In split goaltending duties for the Little Flyers, Anthony Haag made 9 saves while Page Faith recorded 7 saves in the game.
2010 Squirt Minor - The Little Flyers 2010 team fell to the New Jersey Avalanche 6-1 in their lone AYHL league game of the weekend. Michael Siddons scored a third period power play goal for the Little Flyers to avoid the shutout. Nathan Shahi made 19 saves in the game.